Annual Cancer Survivor Picnic celebrates cancer survivors

About 100 survivors and their families went to the event

The 29th annual Cancer Survivor Picnic was held at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Everyone either knows someone who has been affected by cancer or has been affected themselves.

One of the most gratifying things is to celebrate those who overcame the disease, and that is just what people here in the Valley did Sunday.

The annual Cancer Survivor Picnic was held at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown.

Mercy Health hosts the event every June on the first Sunday.

People not only look forward to the event, but also celebrating with others who have made a similar journey.

“When you identify yourself as a survivor, that means something. To be in a group of other people who have gone through similar journeys, that makes a difference too,” said Mercy Health’s Director of Oncology Services Mark Murray. “It shows that you’re just not alone. I think everyone inherently knows that they’re not by themselves, just because when they get their treatments, they see people who are going through the same kinds of things that they are every day.”

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